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“If It’s Meant To Be” : The Story of Founder and CEO of Flowmetric Inc., Renold Capocasale

IMG_0952 By Tiffany Connelly
Neumann University is known for many things. The logo is associated with a strong trio; the values of St. Francis, the men’s hockey team national win, and academically speaking, the prestigious nursing program. Prestigious as it is, there is another hoard of excellence seeking students that occupy the labs, share the same professors, and buy the same disposable lab coats in the Knights’ Shoppe. These are the biology majors. Throughout the three tracks of the program there is a dauntingly omnipresent pressure, infinite metaphorical millimeters of mercury, questioning a brief and terrifying phrase, “What’s next?”

To answer this internal inquiry, Founder and CEO of Flowmeteric Inc., Renold Capocasale visited a group of bio majors and science professors. The classroom, most commonly utilized for physics and genetics lectures, was transformed the moment Capocasale entered. A biology major himself, practicing his undergraduate study at Villanova University, Capocasale walked us through his story. He spoke of his Catholic upbringing and possessing a family of doctors, where his route had already seemed to be laid out nicely before him. At an age, not much older than myself, he was accepted into the medical school at Georgetown University. In the same week, he was diagnosed with a malignant tumor. “The plan isn’t always the way you expected it to go,” he said calmly. “That, in and of itself, is not a bad thing. Simply be open to all the possibilities.” After going through surgery, his life had been placed on hold and never went to Georgetown. “It was bittersweet to say the least.” However, with his particular kind of tumor and a 40% survival rate, Capocasale couldn’t have been more blessed.

Post-recuperation, he worked as a lab assistant and attended University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate Program in Immunology during which he met his wife. Using his experience from Penn, he worked a year during a small period at a biotech company before being offered a job at Johnson & Johnson. Here is where Capocasale spent sixteen years of his career, developing Remecaid and Stelara, two drugs that assist with alleviating symptoms of Crone’s Disease and rheumatoid arthritis, through hybridoma techonology which are still very much in use today.

During October of 2009, Capocasale was laid off from Johnson & Johnson. Two days later, he had informed the company that he would be creating his own. “I listened to the voice that matters most, mine,” said Capocasale, a smile on his face. After raising $2.5 million dollars in three months, he went on to found Flowmetrics Incorporated, a contract and research organization for over 78 clients on the basis of flowcytometry. “What I had was passion.” And passion was certainly an understatement. Intellectual, strong, and with the understanding of how faith and one’s own opinion drive the success of an individual, Renold Capocasale temporarily quelled the worldly expectation of all students who heard him speak. He had ended with a reassuring nod, “Validation will come.” As biology students at Neumann University who understand what it is like to face struggles and bumps in the road, we would like to thank him for his insight and are appreciative for his empathy.

Photo credit: Bill McLaughlin

 

The Dates Girls Want To Go On

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By: Katherine Moretti

 Guys; These Are the Dates Women Want for Valentine’s Day, Pay Attention!!

Women don’t ask for much on Valentine’s Day. Majority of the women would be happy with just a homemade dinner with candles or spending the night at home with you. However, if you would like to do something different than spending the night home, you can take her to her favorite restaurant for dinner, then a movie or go to a drive-in movie.

Two dates you can take her on is ice skating, or a concert or sporting event. If you both like the Flyers, you can get each other tickets to a game and that will be your Valentine’s date and present for each other.

So boys, if you are having trouble with deciding what to do for Valentine’s Day this year, especially since we are all broke college students, make her a homemade dinner because it’s the small things that matter the most.

Keep the Dream Alive II

By: Brian Forrest

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            The second annual Keep the Dream Alive concert graced the Fred P. Meagher Theatre on January 22, 2013.  It was a night of inspiration and togetherness for a diverse Neumann University community.  The theme of the evening was, “I Have a Story, Will You Listen?”  The concept behind the concert was to help break down stereotypes and misunderstandings against those who migrate, most especially from Latin American countries.  A variety of unique performances were given by different clubs and organizations around campus to recognize how far this nation has come  in terms of tolerance and equality; as well as to remind all in attendance how much good there still is to be done.   While there was no cost for admission, guests were encouraged to make a donation to Dawn’s Place, a women’s charity in Philadelphia, PA that assists women who were victims of human trafficking.

            The event began with a brief monologue and introduction from Dr. Joseph Glass, the night’s master of ceremonies.  Dr. Glass did an excellent job helping the show run smoothly for its duration as well as adding some comic relief when he thought it necessary. 

The first scheduled event was a reflective meditation video created by one of  Neumann’s campus ministers, Michael Martin Jr.  Michael  put together a touching slideshow presentation that displayed examples of the struggles that some immigrants face coming to this nation while also showing influential people who immigrated to the United States including Mila Kunis, Albert Einstein, and Frank Sinatra.  The slide show was nicely complimented by the song Who Will Speak by composer Marty Haugen, and the reflection very effectively evoked emotion from the audience and set the stage for the coming events of the evening.

            The Sisters of St. Francis Choir commandeered the stage next. Directed by Sr. Andrea Likovich, osf, they gained the audience’s complete and undivided attention by their wonderful renditions of The Praises of God composed by, their own, Sr. Likovich and Listen! God is Calling! by  A . Lovelac.

Sr. Ann Forrest, osf then took to the podium to raise awareness for Dawn’s Place, a women’s charity to which all proceeds from the concert were to be donated.  Dawn’s Place is a halfway house for women who have been through the world of sex trafficking and are looking for a way to get their lives back.  She spoke of the horrors some went through, the tragic story of the girl for whom Dawn’s Place was named, and informed everyone on what else they could do to help these women.  She made everyone in the crowd want to help these women, and moved some to make donations after the show as well.

Two members of the Neumann University Praise Dancers would take the stage for the first of two times the Praise Dancers would perform. They interpreted the song Afterwhile by Y. Adams through dance in order to express the song’s meaning to the viewing audience and explain what keeping the dream alive meant to them.

            Following the praise dance performance, Maria Sotomayor made her way to the podium and discussed The Children’s Journey display.  The Children’s display was and art exhibit that featured art made by kids who had to go through the difficult trials of immigrating to this country.  Maria shared her story of immigration and how she was separated from her parents.  Her story and the pain in her voice as she courageously told it was touching for everyone in the audience and was a true expression of how much this night mean to her.

            Neumann University’s Black Student Union, accompanied by Maria Sotomayor and Alicia Dominguez, read excerpts from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legendary “I Have a Dream” speech.  They passionately shared each of their dreams for this country’s future, and implored the audience to make this nation a better place for all races, cultures, and creeds.

            The Boogie Knights were set to take the stage next.  After a brief monologue was read explaining why they chose the song Breathe by Sia, they took the stage.  The performance was executed beautifully, but the tone and pace of the song and dance were uncharacteristic of the Boogie Knights.   Overall the dance perfectly fit the mood, and was a pleasure to watch. The Boogie Knights never disappoint, and this night was no exception.

            A collaborative effort in many aspects was used to create the Contemporary Music Ministry.  A six person ensemble comprised of student leaders from Campus Ministry, including campus minister Melissa Hickey, and members of Neumann media performed Go Make a Difference by S. Angrisano. This ensemble regularly provides music for various liturgies that occur on campus, including the Baccalaureate Mass for graduation.  Their song sent an upbeat and inspirational message through the theater, and really brought up the mood of the entire audience.

            There was a lesson to be learned in advocacy and awareness when Sr. Marie Lucy took to the podium.  She made us aware of the deportation problem as well as her efforts to advocate for citizenship programs that help immigrants become American citizens instead of the harsh practice of deportation.  She then asked all who felt it necessary to change the current policy to pull out their cell phones, dial their representatives, and advocate for the law to be changed. 

            The Sr. Bernadette McInnis Poetry Club came well prepared to wow the crowd, as they recited original poems that were geared toward expressing the hardships people in our own country go through every day.  The poets showed such passion in their poems that the overall performance was truly awe inspiring.  The performance received a huge emotional response from everyone watching. 

            Next to take the stage was the entire  Neumann Praise Dance team.  They gave an artistic and elegant performance to The Blood Song by K.Franklin.  The Praise Dancers put each element of the song to interpretive dance and employed expert choreography to paint the picture they wanted to project of the audience.

            Student Government Association President, Frank Altamuro, and COR team member, Daniel Rowe, took to the podium next to tell of their recent experience concerning advocacy.  They explained how both Student Government and COR team had recently attended a seminar concerning the matter and had become Catholic Relief Services Ambassadors certified in the practice of advocacy.  They concluded by telling of how they planned to use their certification to advocate for fair trade on campus.

            After a few closing remarks from, Dr. Joseph Glass, the entire audience got out of their seats, not to leave, but instead to sing along with the Christina Brame Gospel Choir. Dr. Mac Given, Dean of Arts and Sciences, joined the choir with his improvised musical contribution on clarinet. The Choir came out with two exciting songs, Jacobs Ladder and We Shall Overcome, that roared through the theatre and got the whole crowd into the spirit of the theme of the evening.

            Upon leaving the theatre all who participated were greeted with a fair trade table, sponsored by CRS Ambassadors and the Neumann Student Peace Alliance. The fair trade table sold fair trade items such as coffee and chocolate to promote fair labor and justice in the area of wages for those who provide our goods.   This table was accompanied by complimentary refreshments, cookies, teas and hot chocolate.  In addition, many people visited The Children’s Journey art display that was present in the Great Hall. The entire event was sponsored by Campus Ministry, Student Government and the Sisters of Saint Francis of Philadelphia who treated all in attendance to a truly special experience.

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Time Is A True Friend

 

By Bill Kuhar

Valentine’s Day is coming and love is in the air. The only problem is some of us have lost our sense of smell. Are you dreading the thought of another holiday which reminds the single ladies (and fellas) that they don’t have a ring on it? Don’t worry, you are not alone. In a very recent study on the social lives of first year college students, results showed that in the first few weeks of school (the orientation period), the students reported high numbers of social ties with other schoolmates. Sadly as the study continued, researchers found that students were losing friends. Researchers also gleaned qualitative data on the loneliness of the students – which had increased from the orientation period (Hashim & Khodarahimi, 2012). So, if everyone had Imagefriends in the beginning of the year, why did they lose so many just a few months later?

People are a unique and complicated species. Other animals seem to have this unified “code” that they all follow (also known as the food chain). Dogs have never taken a stand against neutering them; sloths have never demanded equal transportation rights; likewise, cats have no problem with us posting frivolous photos of them dressed as cupcakes on the internet. Animals have no values, no sense of right and wrong. Humans are different. We have different values and beliefs that were passed down from our ancestors, which have changed throughout history. What that has boiled down to is a 7-billion-person ,strong, melting pot of complexity which can leave some of us in the dark.

This being said, most of the people you meet probably will not like you. This may sound harsh, but it all depends on how you look at it (keep in mind you might meet thousands of people in your lifetime).We all know that one guy who seems so sociable that can be friends with anyone; usually he is. He has the kind of personality that is easy to get along with.  You may know him as “The Man.” Let’s call him “Wayne Brady.” He’s a people person. But here’s the catch: while excelling in human-relation skills, he is more than likely failing elsewhere. Everyone has their place in this world, his just happens to be with the people. You, on the other hand, may be very good at sports. Or, maybe you’re a master piano-playing, chainsaw-juggling, zombie-killing, student with a 4.0 GPA. It is all a matter of perspective. Just because Wayne Brady spent his childhood watching Dr. Phil and has now acquired a knack for people, does not mean he is any better a person than you are. In this sense, friends can be viewed as more of an accomplishment that takes skill and not so much of a basic human right.

Perhaps by this time in the school year you thought you would be going to all kinds of parties, meeting new people, and making a ton of friends. As it turns out, you spend most of your time in class, doing homework, and playing zombies with your roommate, Wayne Brady. This does not mean there is something wrong with you – you just haven’t found people who are like you. In case you haven’t noticed, the friends you already have are very similar to you. The most common characteristic that groups of friends share is often their sense of humor, hobbies, and beliefs. This combination is the key to making friends. It is not necessarily having “good” qualities that are the key to a healthy social life, but sharing the same qualities as those around you. Wayne Brady has more of a jack-of-all-trades personality that fits the combination of others.

Often, certain groups will form cliques. In this situation you may feel pressured to act based on what you think will make the group accept you. Ignore that feeling. Always be yourself. If that peer pressure is too strong, I would suggest finding new friends who accept you for who you are. What would be the point in having a group of friends who don’t even know who you really are?

If you are having difficulty meeting people like you, just remember to be yourself, be patient, and get involved. The more people you meet, the more chance you have of meeting someone who shares your sense of humor, interests, and beliefs. So on this Valentine’s Day, curl up in bed with a big box of chocolates and a few rounds of Where’s Waldo? And soon enough, you will find who you are looking for.

Winter Sports Update

 

By Miller Reed

“It’s tough making predictions, especially about the future”~ Yogi Berra

 

Welcome back! There’s a lot of things to cover as far as local sports news is concerned. A lot happened over our short winter recess and hopefully I’ll be able to gloss over everything in this short space allotted. However, before we get to all of that, some back-patting is in order. Back in the September issue of The Joust, some of you may recall I wrote an article previewing the Philadelphia Eagles football season. I spoke a lot about potential that was never realized and my worst fears about the team were confirmed. Even though I picked the Eagles to lose in the wild card round, the negative Philly fan inside of me stirred with doubt. I learned something very valuable about sports journalism from this: appeasing the optimism of yourself and the local fans is nothing compared to being right. On that note, I was right about one thing: the Super Bowl. The last part of my article predicted individual player awards a team prediction, and a Super Bowl prediction. I hate to gloat but that prediction was Baltimore 28, San Francisco 24. Now granted the game has not been played yet as of writing this but I stand by my score even though who could have predicted the rise of Colin Kaepernick or the evolution of Joe Flacco into a quarterback legend-killer. So as I wait for my Peabody award for excellence in collegiate level sports journalism, here’s what’s happening currently in our neck of the woods…

 

Reid fired, Kelley Hired

We all knew Andy Reid was a goner after what I can only describe as a natural disaster of a season. What we don’t know now, is how new head coach Chip Kelly’s approach will play out in the NFL. Chip has been the brains behind college football’s most breathtaking offensive team over the last few years at Oregon; where he implemented a game plan based solely around the no huddle and two offensive plays! It’s a very intricate system but it can be described basically. The quarterback decides where the best defender on defense is and plays the ball away from them. The movement before the snap directs the defense to go one way and the quarterback decides how to move the ball in the opposite direction (by running himself, handing off to the running back or passing).  This offense is unproven on a professional level but owner Jeffery Laurie said he didn’t hire the offense; he hired the brilliant mind behind it. Time will tell if Kelly can translate his philosophy to the professional level but right now his presence seems to have invigorated the organization and fan base, giving it a fresh start that was painfully needed.

 

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Andrew Bynum Knee Update!

They’re not so good… Just like the perennially mediocre 76’ers. Bynum was supposed to be that big physical presence under the basket this team has lacked since well, let me get back to you on that. Sadly, his legs couldn’t hold up their end of the bargain when he was acquired from the Lakers and he has been rehabbing ever since. One bright spot of this season has been the all-star play of point guard Jrue Holliday. His creative scoring and instinct to assist his teammates gives the team a much needed player to build around for the future.

 

Hockey!!!!!

I know Neumann is a hockey school first and foremost, so I’m really glad everyone here has an actual season to enjoy this year.  I am by no means a hockey expert (I’m a pacifist who hates cold weather, so that’s two strikes against me already) but from watching a few games, it seems as though the Flyers are already falling short of their lofty expectations this season. Being that the schedule is drastically shortened this year, every game counts much more than usual and it is my hope that this talented team can find a way to score more and live up to the hype.

 

 

Pitchers and catchers report!

Dollar dogs, “Chooooooch” chants, and summer. Bring it on. The Phillies signed Chad Durbin. Personally, I am a little bit more optimistic about the season knowing he will be in the pen.  In typical Philadelphia fan fashion, a skeptic of this upcoming season – where will Utley be? How will Howard feel? We’ll see what this season has to offer pretty soon!

 

How Ya Livin’? With BC Scott Hammell

 

By: Tiffany Connelly

 

While the rest of the Neumann population was enjoying their last few cherished days of Christmas Break, twenty-seven particularly dedicated students already had their feet on Franciscan soil. The Resident Assistants, along with the rest of the Residence Life Staff, had their heads together on how to make the experience in the dorms that much more uniquely personal for each student. Hours of training were led by Director of Residence Life, Mike Webster, and the four building coordinators, Melissa Haines, Jessica Day, Daniel Seifert, and Scott Hammell, whose talents and efforts are distributed over the five resident halls. Each RA works closely with their BC to brainstorm ideas, sort out issues, and work towards the most comfortable living situation a college campus can provide. To get some of the inside scoop on what that might entail, I interviewed Neumann graduate and BC of both Annex and Buoni buildings, Scott Hammell.

When Scott isn’t improving the ResLife of Neumann, he’s kicking it in LLC Williamstown in New Jersey. After excelling at Neumann with a major in communications and minor in history, this fellow knight has approached his first year as a BC with confidence, integrity, and a brightly optimistic perspective. “I’ve met the best people. With a whole staff, three great co-workers, and an awesome boss, things just run smoothly,” said Scott after being asked the benefits of his new position. “Oh, and you can’t forget Linda Trainor.” He added with a smile. Linda Trainor, Mike Webster’s secretary, is far more than just that. She’s the woman who really keeps things organized. However, no matter how organized, all groups have their own struggles. “For me, it has to be personal management between locations. With four miles separating me from my buildings, it’s difficult, but I have a great support team.” While this is absolutely true, Scott makes the transition and natural obstacles seem effortless.

Although the Annex and Buoni are on opposite ends of campus, Scott is taking knowledge from his Neumann major and experience to unite the university in new ways. This month, he has opened a Twitter and Facebook page for Residence Life where students can get information without catching the shuttle. “Social media is the easiest way to reach the students,” he begins. “When residents have questions anywhere from concerns about the Housing Lottery to what size refrigerator to get, I feel that these tools will be helpful. Also, it’s really a great way to network.”

Before bringing the interview to a close, I was curious to know what other things Scott was passionate about, especially at Neumann. “My favorite places on campus have to be the radio station and definitely the baseball field.” When Scott’s not on call, he’s the Assistant Coach of the baseball team. “I know it sounds weird, but there’s something just therapeutic about being on the field.” It was evident in the tone Scott used that he understood more than most just how many things the university has to offer. “You really have to give Neumann a chance. Just by attending classes here you’re better off than those who aren’t and you shouldn’t be ashamed to brag a little about it. You’ll have a great experience.” Always with fitting advice and endless ways to pick up your spirits, Scott Hammell is an incredible addition to the ResLife staff and there’s no question that he will continue to aide the positive progression of the program and Neumann student life.

 

Temaki Sushi Bar

OLIVE ST.  MEDIA 19063

610-566-5363 FOR DELIVERY / TAKE OUT or reservations

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Temaki means “hand rolled” in Japanese. By our acclaimed Chef, you’ll find creative rolls and selections for vegetarians, and non-sushi enthusiast.

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  Characterized as tranquil, minimal, peaceful, and incorporating natural elements such as stone and wood, the traditional Japanese home is designed to welcome guests. At Temaki, we weave these elements into our restaurant creating an environment where guests can feel comfortable and enjoy sharing the Temaki Sushi Bar experience. Come and dine with us, afterwards enjoy the theatre, music and events that Media has to offer.

 Dine al fresco weather permitting each night. We are dog friendly weather permitting.

 

FREE DELIVERY TO NEUMANN UNIVERSITY WITH $30.00 ORDER or more

 

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Open – Monday through Saturday 11:30 to 3:00pm 

Dinner – Monday through Thursday 5:00 to 9:30pm Friday 5:00-10:30pm

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The Philadelphia Auto Show Recap

By: Brian Forrest

The Philadelphia Auto Show was a sight that sparked the imagination of all car lovers.  The spectacle, that took place in the Pennsylvania Convention Center from January 13-27 2013, displayed a variety of different cars ranging from new to old, cars to trucks, and domestics to exotics, with some customized rides along the way.  Each auto dealer was there to show their own innovations to the modern day automotive industry and hopefully lure a few perspective buyers to invest in a new car. Though there were many different displays at the show, some stood out above the rest and truly stole the show.

Exhibits for new vehicles spanned the greater part of the massive convention center, and mostly blended with each other, seeming to be nothing special, Others, went above and beyond to best show off their products.  The Hot Wheels signature Camaro was a sight. Very few people walked by without having to stop; its sleek blue paint glistened as it spun on a pedestal, garnering the attention it deserved from the crowd.  Another regularly displayed car that gathered much attention was the Lexus LF-CF, a new sporty hybrid whose sleek and exotic style wowed the crowd, inducing many an eye to stop and stare.  Two exhibits that went above just showing their cars were Buick and Toyota. Both Buick ad Toyota had ride-along features to their exhibits were one could ride along with an employee and feel how it is to ride in the newest Buick or Toyota.

While these exhibits stood out, they paled in comparison to what Jeep greeted guests with. Jeep had an obstacle course that demonstrated exactly what Jeeps were capable of doing.  The course included a 30⁰ vertical incline which each Jeep vehicle climbed with ease, a plane on which each wheel was at a different height but each kept on the ground due to a sway bar that the driver can engage and disengage at will, and a bumpy portion to show off the suspension.  Overall, Jeep stole the show when it came to showing off exactly what its vehicles could do, instead of just saying it.

Next, to the newer cars. The older cars garnered just as much attention if not more.  There was a wide range of cars, the likes of which are a very rare sight for even the most avid auto show goers.  The exhibit featured rare muscle cars such as the 1970 Plymouth Superbird and the 1969 Yenko S/C Camaro, each of which was only in production for 1 year.  Older cars were featured as well including the 1929 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 SS, a dominant race car in the 1930, the 1948 Hudson Convertible, a favorite car for early NASCAR drivers, and the 1934 MG K3 Magnette, which gained its place in MG history for having highest MG finish in international competition after placing 4th in the Le Mans 24-hour Race.

Not to be outdone, the custom rides were found in the DUB exhibit.  Each car in the area was tricked out from having just a tweak as little as a new paint job to having major renovations such as body kits and aftermarket rims.  The DUB section had a plethora of cool customized cars and trucks that each had their own unique personality.  The exhibit was highlighted by an orange Nissan GTR, and a metallic green Lamborghini Gallardo. The DUB exhibit was not limited to cars but also housed flame painted motorcycles and jacked-up trucks.

The annual show did not disappoint in the least bit and it was an all-around pleasure to experience the atmosphere the event created.  The automotive industry is moving forward at lightning speed, getting bigger, better and greener by the second.  It was a memorable experience and something I would recommend anyone go see.

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Valentine’s Day on a Budget

By Ashley Kreer piggy-bank

As a college student, I can sympathize with those who are nervous about taking their significant other out this Valentine’s Day. With increasing tuition bills, as well as the outrageous interest rates on student loans, it’s easy to get caught up in the mind set that you’re too broke to go to dinner or buy your  honey the more expensive flowers. However, just because you don’t have much money in your pocket, doesn’t mean that this Valentine’s Day has to be any less special.

My first suggestion is to plan your date after Valentine’s Day. Not only will you miss all the other cutesy couples, but you will also bypass the wait at the restaurant. Another perk to waiting til the day, or weekend after… 50% off chocolates and Valentine’s Day cards!

Another way to save some money is by clipping some coupons. Plan ahead to where you will be taking your sweetie pie and make sure to google some coupons before hand. Check out sites such as Groupon, Livingsocial, and Getithalfoff.com for super savings.

Still nervous about not having enough to pay for dinner? Don’t think that going out is a necessity. Eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches in the living room can be just as satisfying. Pull out a table cloth, dim the lights, and add some candles for a little bit of romance.

When it comes down to it, Valentine’s Day isn’t about spending tons of money, going to expensive restaurants, or buying the reddest roses, it’s about spending time with the one you love. By following these simple tips, you will still be able to have a romantic Valentine’s Day with out burning a hole in your bank account.

 

Valentine’s Day Statistics

  • In Addition to the United States, Valentine’s Day is also celebrated in Canada, Mexico, the U.K., France, and Australia.
  • It has been estimated that one billion valentines day cards are purchased each year, 85% of the consumers being women.
  • In the 1840’s, the first mass produced valentines were sold in the US.
  • Only 62% of adults say they celebrate Valentine’s Day
  • 48 million dollars is spent on candy the week before February 14th equally 58 million lbs.